People worldwide have been experiencing significant weight gain during the pandemic, especially since the lockdown began. Several factors including stress, comfort eating, boredom, lack of physical activity play a crucial role in weight gain during the lockdown.

“Recent evidence has highlighted the added risk of complications from Covid-19 for those carrying excess weight but still people are piling on the pounds during the lockdown. It's not surprising, many of us turn to food and drink when we are anxious, stressed, or simply bored. However, in many ways there has never been a better time to think about changing our lifestyle, we have had the time to eat better, plan our meals better and exercise more,” Jane DeVille-Almond, Chair of the British Obesity Society told PR Newswire.

Sitting at home all day surrounded by food and unable to indulge in physical activity can become really difficult to cope with. People are consuming more amounts of alcohol and are reaching for comfort treats and high-fat snack options such as pastries, cheese toast, sandwiches, etc. and end up consuming several additional calories every day while confined to their homes.

Here’s how you can lose lockdown weight quickly without exercising:

1. Set personal daily calorie allowance and stop overeating

Stick to a daily calorie limit and ensure that you don’t overeat. This can be a very simple trick that can help you lose your lockdown weight. And if you are already overweight or obese, this simple plan can help you get back on track and speed up your weight loss journey. While you stick to a daily calorie allowance, you will see that it helps you lose weight at a safe pace of about 0.5 to 1 kg each week.

2. Set realistic goals

Don’t be too strict and set a lot of unrealistic goals. It is important to balance and have realistic plans when it comes to losing weight. Allow yourself to have your favorite treats once in a while but restrict those calories in the following days. Try cutting down around 600 calories every day but do it gradually and be more consistent.

3. Go grocery shopping when you aren’t hungry

There has been a surge in the sales of unhealthy snacks and junk foods during the lockdown. It is very important to make healthy food choices in order to maintain healthy body weight. Hit the supermarkets or grocery stores soon after you’ve had a meal or when you are not hungry. You might end up grabbing a lot of junk food packages and unhealthy foods when you shop while you feel hungry. Prioritize healthy foods and drinks during grocery shopping and refrain from buying unhealthy foods.

4. Speed up your metabolism

Consume more protein, stay well hydrated, and get at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep every night. You could have beans for breakfast. Such nutritious breakfast options can keep you sated for a long time and prevent you from snacking and consuming unwanted calories.

5. Try intermittent fasting

Fast completely for a certain portion of the day or week and eat normally for the rest. The most popular form of intermittent fasting is the 5:2 diet where you eat normally for five days of the week and restrict your calorie limits to 600 a day for the next two days. During the fast period, your body will run out of carbs and will end up burning the fat stored in the body for energy.

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